Elliott man faces drug charges

GIBSON CITY — An Elliott man due in court next week on charges of intent to deliver cannabis told police after his arrest that he was dealing marijuana to "pay for school," according to court documents.

Justin A. Beck, 22, who listed an address in the 100 block of Yates Drive in Elliott, allegedly had almost 120 grams of cannabis — packaged in three separate bags — when a Gibson City police officer stopped Beck's vehicle on Sept. 13.

Beck was charged Wednesday in Ford County Circuit Court with possession of 30-500 grams of cannabis, a Class 4 felony, and possession with intent to deliver 30-500 grams of cannabis, a Class 3 felony.

Beck, who posted 10 percent of his $10,000 bond to be released from jail, is due in court for a preliminary hearing at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 30. Public Defender Harvey Welch was appointed to represent him.

Beck's vehicle was pulled over by police for expired registration at 9:05 p.m. Sept. 13 at the intersection of Ninth and Melvin streets in Gibson City, police said in court documents. During the traffic stop, Beck appeared nervous, police said. A police dog then positively alerted police to the presence of drugs.

During an interview with Beck after he was arrested, Beck informed police that "he sells cannabis to pay for school," police said.

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